Cigar Review: Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32

Cigar Review: Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32

Master Blends Cigar Company
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Broadleaf)
Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo)
Filler: Nicaragua & USA (Pennsylvania)
Size: 5” x 50
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $6.48

Overall Rating: 8.8

At the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Master Blends Cigar Company, owned by Luis Gutierrez and Juan Carlos Rojas, announced the Manolo Estate Cuban Heritage line to be produced in the Dominican Republic. The brand’s name pays tribute to Manual “Manolo” Rojas, and the multiple generations of the Rojas and Gutierrez families that have been in the cigar industry. The Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 manages to mix flavor and strength at an exceptional value.

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Pre-Light: When it come to looks, the Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 appears to be just another cigar. The yellow and burgundy band is nothing special, although the matching foot ribbon does add somewhat to the cigar’s appearance. The cigar itself looks well made. The medium brown Ecuadorian Habano Broadleaf wrapper has a fair amount of oil to it.

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There is a strong leathery scent to the Ecuadorian wrapper of the Manolo Estate Habano. A mix of dried fruit, sweet graham cracker, cedar and subtle floral notes come from the unlit foot of the cigar. A slightly firm pre-light draw allows through graham cracker, grass, cedar and floral flavors.

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Burn: The Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 is an extremely even burning cigar, on a few of the four smoked for this review the burn was razor sharp. The draw starts out good, and it only gets better during the second half of the cigar.

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Flavor: The Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 begins with a fair amount of spice hitting the palate. Nuts, oak and cedar all occur behind the initial spice. On the retrohale the spice is quite strong, and is mixed with cedar and leather background notes. As the transition to the second third of the cigar there is a coffee flavor that begins to mingle with spice, cedar, leather, oak and just a hint of caramel. The second third of the Manolo Estate Habano is where the flavor profile really begins to come alive with a mix of coffee, cedar, spice, oak, leather, caramel and nut flavors all making an appearance. During the transition to the last third of the cigar there is a significant drop off in spice. A mix of wood and nut notes comes to the forefront of the flavor profile and the retrohale. The last third of the Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 ends with mix of wood, nuts and leather flavors.

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Overall: I was unsure what to expect with the Manolo Estate Habano, and went into the experience with no expectations. Yet, I found the cigar to be a very good medium bodied cigar. While there is not a ton of complexity to the cigar, the flavor profile is very pleasing. Fans of medium bodied cigars with a woodsy/nutty flavor profile will find that the Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 is a great everyday cigar. Personally, I enjoyed the cigar and found it definitely worth trying at least a five pack. While we never take price into account during in a cigar’s Overall Rating, at under $7 the Manolo Habano is an excellent bargain. Our friends over at Famous Smoke carry this cigar, and you can purchase it from them online.

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Pairing: The Manolo Estate Habano is a great cigar to pair with a Speyside single malt such as the Cardu 12, Macallan 15 or Balvenie 12 DoubleWood.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210

Cigars for this review were provided by Master Blends Cigar Company. Although their generosity is great appreciated it does not effect the overall review of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product review to a readers.